Raymond Williams, and Why Culture Matters
Against The Current vol. 137

Eagleton, Terry
Date Written:  2008-11-01
Publisher:  Against The Current
Year Published:  2008
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13456

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the death of Raymond Williams, one of the towering socialist thinkers of the 20th century. A superb biography of him, Raymond Williams: A Warrior's Life, has just been published by Dai Smith, who ranks among the finest scholars of Welsh culture and history of our time. Smith charts Williams's passage from the Welsh border country, where his father was a railway signalman, to Cambridge and then into adult education, a vocation he chose for political motives along with his New Left colleagues Richard Hoggart and E.P. Thompson.

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